Down But Not Out, Lightning Rally To Defeat Panthers In OT

Bolts Rally From Three Goals Down

Brayden Point scored the game winning goal in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning erased a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Florida Panthers 5-4.

The Bolts have now won five of their last six and improve to 19-7-1 (39-points). They have defeated the Panthers in all three contests this season and the last five head-to-head meetings.

Alex Killorn, Mathieu Joseph, Nikita Kucherov, and Cedric Paquette also scored for the Lightning.

Domingue Coming Up Big When Needed:

Louis Domingue allowed two goals  in the first three shots he saw, settled down to stop 23-of-27 shots in picking up his 10th win of the season.

“Louis would be the first to tell you, you look up and the poor kid’s got two goals on him on three shots in the period. But when the game’s on the line and you need the timely save, I think it was Hoffman who had the breakaway, he stopped that.” Cooper said of his net-minder. “He stops a big one in overtime on Ekblad. Those are the saves you need to give your team a chance to win, and he’s finding a way to give us those saves. We’re getting points out of it. Good on Louis to hang in this game the way he did and pull it out for us.”

Point The Closer:

Brayden Point, who had 12 game winning goals last season, notched the game winner in overtime. He now has three game winning goals this season and his 15 since the start of the 2017-2018 season are the most in the NHL.

Down But Never Out:

Despite being down 4-1, Coach Jon Cooper was not upset with the way the game was unfolding on the ice. “To be honest, we liked the way were playing. It was tough to look up and see us down 4-1” He said. “We didn’t really give them anything, and what we did give them, they scored. We knew we were playing well enough to come back in this game, and I felt like we deserved points out of this game and fortunately for us we got two.”

Up Next For Bolts:

Tampa Bay continues its road trip playing back-to-back games Monday in New Jersey against the Devils and Tuesday in Detroit against the Red Wings.

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